History of the Family (1976-1978)

Extended family in South Africa

During the academic years 1976/77 and 1977/78, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the history of the family.

Topics Included:

  • Neighbor and kin relations
  • Marriage, dowries, and partner selection
  • Education and illiteracy
  • Family-based political networks
  • Abortion
  • Gender, education, and labor
  • Childhood
  • Property
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Uxoricide, honor, and shame
  • Illegitimacy
  • Prostitution
  • Slave families and Black households
  • Sexuality
  • Godparenthood

Davis Center Fellows


  • Linda J. Auwers, Temple University
  • Lutz K. Berkner, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jean-Louis Flandrin, Ecole Practique Des Hautes Etudes
  • Barry Higman, The University of the West Indies
  • Diane Hughes, University of Michigan
  • R. Burr Litchfield, Brown University


  • G. J. Barker-Benfield, State University of New York at Albany
  • Alan Dawley, Trenton State University
  • David Levine, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Mary Beth Norton, Cornell University
  • Louise A. Tilly, New School for Social Research
  • Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida, Gainesville